Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
One of the many things that I have missed this holiday season is the rides TLO and I took to see the beautiful Christmas lights up and down Ocean Drive in Palm Beach and Broward County, Florida. Usually our drives were filled with lots of chatter, or gossip, depending on your point of view. Yet one thing that we did during these rides that I miss the most is simply holding hands. There is so many ways to express love, yet there is nothing more basic, more real, than to hold hands. That gentle touch which brings
comfort in so many ways, is missing this holiday season.
Christmas eve was always our special night. Whether our pocket books were flush or not, we always made that evening, our evening. We would sit down and plan for weeks about what posh restaurant where we would make our reservation. Yet no matter
where we decided to have dinner on Christmas eve, we always made plans to end the evening with a drive down Ocean Drive to see the Christmas lights. Of course a nice ice cream cone was in order too!
I have not taken a drive down Ocean Drive this holiday season. Yet I think I am going to take that ride on Christmas eve as a way to remember…as a way to celebrate our life together, as a way to create my own Healing Ties, but most of all, I am going to take that ride just to be thankful for having the experience of love and being loved. Caregiving is over for us; but love endures forever and love does make the ride worthwhile.
To all who are grieving this holiday season, I wish you peace, comfort and lots of Holiday Hugs!